The government has published guidance on neighbourhood planning. The aim is that local people will be the driver to help shape how their local communities grow and develop over the coming years. A neighbourhood plan must work alongside the local plan and the National Planning Policy Framework.
Neighbourhood development plans can only be made by one of two groups:
- parish or town councils
- neighbourhood forums.
We have a duty to support groups who want to prepare a neighbourhood development plan. This support will be given in two ways:
being responsible for the statutory processes required for neighbourhood development plans
providing technical advice, guidance and support
A neighbourhood plan must go through an Examination in Public once it has been written. If that is successful a local vote will then take place to see if the plan is accepted. A plan will need more than half the votes to be accepted.
If you are considering undertaking a neighbourhood development plan, it is suggested you contact the Planning Policy team by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Planning Portal and Planning Advisory Service provide further information on neighbourhood planning.
Current neighbourhood plans
There are currently five neighbourhood plans on the Island. Following extensive local consultation and public referendums within the neighbourhood, the following plans were approved:
|Parish, town or community council||Neighbourhood plan||Map||Adoption date||Background information|
|Bembridge Parish Council||Bembridge neighbourhood development plan||Bembridge neighbourhood plan area||28 July 2014||
Bembridge neighbourhood plan|
Brading Town Council||Brading neighbourhood development plan||Brading neighbourhood plan area|
19 March 2015
|Brading development plan document|
|Brighstone Parish Council||Brighstone neighbourhood development plan||Brighstone neighbourhood plan area|
19 September 2016
|Brightstone development plan|
|Freshwater Parish Council||Freshwater neighbourhood development plan||Freshwater neighbourhood plan area statement and map||12 March 2018||
Freshwater development plan document|
|Gurnard Parish Council||
Gurnard||Gurnard neighbourhood plan area||11 September 2017||Gurnard development plan document|
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